The Terror of Living

A Novel
By Urban Waite (Trade Paperback, 2012)
Phil Hunt is deep in trouble. For twenty years he's lived in Washington State, raising horses with his wife on his small farm and trying to stay clear of the law. But when a less-than-legal side job goes horribly wrong, Hunt is suddenly on the run from two men: Drake, the deputy sheriff who intends to incarcerate him, and Grady, the vicious hitman with a knife fetish who means to carve him limb from limb.

An explosive chase ensues, and Hunt is forced to use all his willpower and toughness to rescue his quiet life and save his skin. Headlong and gorgeously written, with memorable characters and a vividly powerful sense of place, The Terror of Living marks the arrival of a new master of narrative suspense.
  • Little, Brown and Company
    • Format: Trade Paperback

    • Price: $14.99 US/$16.50 CAN

    • ISBN-13: 9780316097888

    • On Sale Date: 01/12/2012

    • Publisher: Little, Brown and Company

    • Imprint: Back Bay Books

    Formats Available: Trade Paperback, Electronic Book

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Phil Hunt is deep in trouble. For twenty years he's lived in Washington State, raising horses with his wife on his small farm and trying to stay clear of the law. But when a less-than-legal side job goes horribly wrong, Hunt is suddenly on the run from two men: Drake, the deputy sheriff who intends to incarcerate him, and Grady, the vicious hitman with a knife fetish who means to carve him limb from limb.

An explosive chase ensues, and Hunt is forced to use all his willpower and toughness to rescue his quiet life and save his skin. Headlong and gorgeously written, with memorable characters and a vividly powerful sense of place, The Terror of Living marks the arrival of a new master of narrative suspense.

Urban Waite, 30 years old, grew up in Seattle and attended the University of Washington. He went on to study writing at Western Washington University and Emerson College and now lives in Seattle with his wife. The Terror of Living is his first novel.

  • The Terror Of Living by Urban Waite

  • "The Terror of Living opens with gentle beauty, calm before a bloody storm, before building intensity with swift, jarring, and confident storytelling power. A fine debut from a writer of obvious and substantial talents. Readers--including this one--will certainly be following Urban Waite for years to come." (Michael Koryta, author of So Cold the River).

  • "In the tradition of No Country for Old Men, Urban Waite has written a nail-biter that takes off from the get-go and never stops, a book chock full of memorable characters and kick-ass writing.  Clear your calendar before reading this one, folks, because once you start there's no stopping until the end, which arrived much too quickly for this reader.  A smashing debut." (Tom Franklin, author of Hell at the Breech and Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter).

  • "A supercharged suspenseful thriller peopled by colorful characters and driven by terrifying events that begin at mach speed and never slow for a moment.  Supremely cinematic." (Joseph Wambaugh, author of the Hollywood Station novels).

  • "The Terror of Living is a smart, swiftly-paced and bloody Western for our moment. Urban Waite is a writer who won't let a reader wander away--he keeps you reading, and reading, and rewards all your attention with a powerhouse story and prose to match." (Daniel Woodrell, author of Winter's Bone and The Bayou Trilogy).

  • "A hell of a good novel, relentlessly paced and beautifully narrated. There's just no let-up. An auspicious debut."

    -Stephen King

  • "A few years ago, just as the creases were starting to form on his chiseled face, Clint Eastwood would have been perfect for the role of Phil Hunt, a horse farmer and ex-convict in Washington State who supplements his meager income with the occasional spot of drug smuggling....  Hunt is cut from the western rugged-individualist mold, but there is vulnerability there, too, just behind the eyes.... In a blood-spattered chase that winds from the Cascade Mountains in Central Washington to Seattle and back again, first-novelist Waite never eases the throttle, but even at high speed, it's the interplay between the characters that gives the novel its power. An outstanding debut." (Booklist).

  • "A  crime thriller that will please those who prefer their noirs straightforward and gritty.... Waite's own story and his smooth prose take over so completely that all that matters is what happens next." (San Francisco Chronicle).

  • "Astrong debut novel....  The 'thriller' part is a plot crammed with surprises, kinks, suspense, danger, and inventive violence....The action is dynamic and cleverly choreographed, but the lush intricacy of the novel springs from the inner lives of these two men where, woven through the brutal mayhem, is an odd, indelible core of sweetness."

    (Portland Oregonian).

  • "It's getting harder and harder to tell the good guys from the bad guys in a modern western, of which Urban Waite's first novel, The Terror of Living, is one fine specimen....While Waite delivers the story you expect, he does it with more artistry than would seem possible in a conventional thriller. His descriptions of the stark beauty of the mountains have a calming effect on the intensity of the cinematic action scenes. And the surprising delicacy of the writing also makes it easier to bear the raw violence done to man and beast." (New York Times Book Review).

  • "The Terror of Living's knife-fetishist villain makes for an oddly endearing sociopath." (Entertainment Weekly).

  • "A cat-and-mouse pursuit, gut-clenching violence, loyalties sundered -- all come with the genre. What is rarer is the finely honed literary sensibility of the writer." (Houston Chronicle).

  • (Library Journal).

  • "In Urban Waite's debut novel, The Terror of Living, three men-all on different sides of the law-find their lives tangled up like roots after a heroin delivery goes dead wrong.  Deeo in the woods, with rifles blasting and knives flashing, with the gray faces of the mountains looking down at them, they seek revenge and salvation in one another.  This is a book for and about men, one of the best of the year." (Esquire).

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The Terror of Living
  • Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
  • Price: $14.99 US/$16.50 CAN
  • Pages: 336
  • Physical Dimensions: 5-1/2" x 8-1/4"
  • ISBN-13: 9780316097888
  • On Sale Date: 01/12/2012
The Terror of Living